Militancy, Power, and Identity: The Silent Sentinels as Women Fighting for Political Voice

@article{Southard2008MilitancyPA,
  title={Militancy, Power, and Identity: The Silent Sentinels as Women Fighting for Political Voice},
  author={Belinda A. Stillion Southard},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  year={2008},
  volume={10},
  pages={399 - 417}
}
  • B. S. Southard
  • Published 14 February 2008
  • Political Science, History
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
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